Smyrna pedestrian dies when struck on U.S. 13

SMYRNA – A 67-year-old Smyrna woman died at the scene after being struck by a vehicle while walking on U.S. 13 early Tuesday evening, Delaware State Police said.

According to authorities, Carole Anne Kasson was crossing the highway in an area with no crosswalk when hit at approximately 5:23 p.m. north of East Glenwood Avenue. She was in the middle of the southbound left lane at the time near the entrance to Smarty Pants Academy, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Ms. Kasson was wearing no reflective clothing or carrying a light at the time, police said.

A 37-year-old Clayton woman, driving an approaching 2004 Hyundai Sonata, attempted to use the brakes but could not avoid a collision, police said. Ms. Kasson was struck by the vehicle’s front, police said, and was pushed into the southbound travel lanes.

The Sonata came to a controlled stop and the driver stayed at the scene, police said.

The driver, who police said was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries, She was treated at Smyrna Bayhealth Medical Center and released.

Three juveniles in the vehicle were also wearing seat belts and did not suffer injury, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The road was closed for 4 1/2 hours before being cleared and the DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate.

Pedestrian safety tips

DSP safety tips for pedestrians walking near roadways include:

• Do not walk under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired walking is like impaired driving; it is illegal and can be deadly.

• Teach children not to run into the street after balls or other toys, and don’t allow them to cross alone until you’ve practiced the basics with them.

• Carry a flashlight or other reflective item when walking at night. It’s the law.

• Do not step into a cross walk if it will create a hazard to motorists. When it is clear to cross, continue to watch for traffic while crossing the street until you have safely reached the other side.

• Be sure to evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street to ensure that a vehicle has adequate distance in which to stop safely.

• Use sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far off the edge of the road as possible.

• Do not risk crossing outside of a cross walk or intersection just because it’s more convenient, especially on high-speed roadways. Cars cannot stop in time for you.

• Cross only at cross walks or intersections with signals or traffic signs. Look left, right, and left again. Only start to cross when it’s clear.

• Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets and continue to watch out for traffic the entire time you are in the crosswalk. Your life may depend on it, regardless whether or not you have the right of way.

• If your vehicle breaks down on an interstate or busy roadway, don’t leave your vehicle. Instead call #77 or 911 for assistance. Motorists can also call #77 to report a disabled vehicle they see on the roadways.

• If you are driving, be on the lookout for pedestrians near the roadway.

• DSP urges pedestrians and drivers to be more observant, cautious and safe.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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